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This is official page of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal), a 501(c)(4) organization. The ACLU is the nation’s foremost advocate for individual liberty and equality, and its leading guardian against unwarranted government interference and abuse. With the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights as our guide, we’ve been at the forefront of every major civil-rights battle in this country for more than 90 years. For each new generation of Americans, the ACLU – using lobbying, litigation and education — defends freedom and civil rights against threats both old and new. The ACLU of Southern California is one of the oldest, largest, and most progressive ACLU affiliates in the nation. Founded by famed author Upton Sinclair in 1923, we’ve never wavered in pursuing liberty, equal rights and economic justice for all.
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California is a non-profit organization that protects individual freedoms enshrined in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights through lobbying efforts, litigation, community engagement and education.

Mission: The ACLU of Southern California is actively engaged in many causes and issues, including: freedom of speech and religion, racial justice, police, prison and sentencing reform, LGBT equality, education reform, national security, privacy, the rights of women, children, immigrants and the disabled, and ending California's death penalty. We are also committed to economic justice and fight on behalf of some of society's most vulnerable residents, including homeless people and low-paid workers seeking equitable working conditions and living wages.

TONIGHT at 7pm: Join our director of criminal justice and drug policy, Jess Farris, as she provides live commentary duri...
01/30/2020
Watch: LA County District Attorney Candidates Debate Tonight

TONIGHT at 7pm: Join our director of criminal justice and drug policy, Jess Farris, as she provides live commentary during the L.A. district attorney candidate debate. Tune in to the livestream & follow along with us at twitter.com/aclu_socal.

Reform candidates George Gascon and Rachel Rossi seek to oust incumbent DA Jackie Lacey in the March 3 primary.

We must ensure that the rights enshrined in #RoevWade—including both to end pregnancies and to carry pregnancies to term...
01/22/2020
On the 47th Anniversary of Roe, Let's Advance Reproductive Justice for People Behind Bars

We must ensure that the rights enshrined in #RoevWade—including both to end pregnancies and to carry pregnancies to term with dignity—are available to ALL people, including those currently incarcerated. #AB732 #RoeAt47

As we approach the 47th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, we have much to be proud of in California. While states around the country pass laws banning or restricting access to abortion, California enacted a landmark law last year, requiring public universities to provide me...

The ACLU turns 100! 🎉 We will keep fighting for the ideals of our democracy, for all whose rights are denied – even when...
01/19/2020

The ACLU turns 100! 🎉 We will keep fighting for the ideals of our democracy, for all whose rights are denied – even when it isn't popular, even when we're the only ones who will. Here's to the next 100! #ACLU100

California law makes clear that every person has the right to use facilities that match their gender identity.As you pur...
01/09/2020
New Year, New Gym: Is your gym trans-inclusive?

California law makes clear that every person has the right to use facilities that match their gender identity.

As you pursue your fitness goals in the new year, make sure the gym you belong to has inclusive policies. #2020goals aclusocal.org/inclusivegym

Year after year, joining a gym is at the top of New Year's resolution lists. When it's time to choose a gym, people might review the list of classes, try out the equipment, and tour the facilities — but there's one important thing that is often overlooked: reviewing the gym's policies to ensure th...

01/09/2020
Know Your Rights While Traveling

Military action abroad does not justify discrimination at home. Iranian Americans have rights, too — no matter what's happening abroad.

#KnowYourRights while traveling in and out of the United States.

"It is the most traumatic environment I could ever imagine being in..." Callie, an #OrangeCounty resident, describes wha...
12/18/2019
Orange County homelessness: Growing pains in creating emergency shelters and the search for long term solutions

"It is the most traumatic environment I could ever imagine being in..." Callie, an #OrangeCounty resident, describes what it's like to stay at a homeless shelter.

In order to effectively & humanely address homelessness, we must prioritize a #HousingFirst approach.

A judge ruled that Orange County cannot arrest people for sleeping in public spaces if there are no alternatives. So the county has been creating shelters out of bus stations, motels and warehouses. But reports of conditions in them are not good.

The #ACLU has tried – from day one of this administration – to stop the president from turning his racism, xenophobia, m...
12/18/2019
Congress: Impeach Donald Trump

The #ACLU has tried – from day one of this administration – to stop the president from turning his racism, xenophobia, misogyny, and hateful LGBTQ bias into unconstitutional policy.

We've taken more than 240 legal actions against the president and his administration – from the Muslim ban to forced family separations to the transgender military ban.

But a line has been crossed and more is required, so we've decided to speak out and call for impeachment by the House and a full, fair, and open trial in the Senate. #NobodyIsAboveTheLaw #ImpeachmentEve

Trump has violated his oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution, and has obstructed justice. Join us and urge Congress to impeach Trump. Nobody is above the law.

Housing ends homelessness.ACLU of Southern California ACLU of Northern California & ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Count...
12/10/2019
An Open Letter to California Officials: Housing First

Housing ends homelessness.

ACLU of Southern California ACLU of Northern California & ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties call on Gavin Newsom's Homeless Task Force to propose deep investment in housing and not short-term solutions that strip people of their civil liberties and prolong homelessness. #HousingFirst
https://www.aclusocal.org/en/news/open-letter-california-officials-housing-first

After she became homeless, Callie Rutter entered Bridges at Kraemer Place, an emergency shelter that promises to "connect participants to housing as quickly as possible." For her, however, the shelter has been a bridge to nowhere.The program claims to place residents in a home in six months or less....

"All families should be informed to the fullest extent about how officers are held accountable for actions that take the...
12/02/2019
For families of those killed by deputies, a long wait for answers

"All families should be informed to the fullest extent about how officers are held accountable for actions that take the life of another... Knowing this information is important for advancing justice for Jazmyne, for healing my family." #CheckTheSheriff #RightToKnow #SB1421

ACLU sues L.A County Sheriff's Department for records related to deputy shootings

L.A. County keeps people trapped in debt years after they served their time by charging thousands in criminal system adm...
11/19/2019
Costs of Injustice: How Criminal System Fees Are Hurting Los Angeles County Families

L.A. County keeps people trapped in debt years after they served their time by charging thousands in criminal system administrative fees.

We have the power to end these policies that fuel the cycle of mass incarceration, poverty, & homelessness.

Los Angeles County has a responsibility to ensure that all its community members, whether rich or poor, receive equal justice and a fair chance to succeed. However, by using the criminal system to extract fees and fines from low-income communities of color, the county is doing the opposite.

To understand the fight for reparations and the overall liberation of all Black and brown people in America, we have to ...
11/15/2019
Home - Gold Chains: The Hidden History of Slavery in California | ACLU NorCal

To understand the fight for reparations and the overall liberation of all Black and brown people in America, we have to understand our past.

Uncover the hidden history of slavery in California and how this system of enslavement continues to affect us today. #GoldChainsCA #1619

Gold Chains: The Hidden History of Slavery in California

One mistake and you’re out — of the country you served, the only home you’ve known.This is too harsh of a punishment, pa...
11/11/2019
Ask Governor Newsom to Pardon Mario Martinez

One mistake and you’re out — of the country you served, the only home you’ve known.

This is too harsh of a punishment, particularly for veterans who have served their country honorably.

Take action to urge Gov. Gavin Newsom to pardon U.S. Army veteran Mario Martinez. #VeteransDay https://action.aclu.org/send-message/pardon-mario?ms_aff=CS&initms_aff=CS&ms=191111_immigrant_rights_&initms=191111_immigrant_rights_&ms_chan=fb&initms_chan=fb

Mario Martinez spent six years in the U.S. army. Now he's fighting for the right to live in the country he served. Urge Gov. @GavinNewsom to pardon this #veteran.

More than ever, members of the military who are immigrants face appalling barriers applying for citizenship, leaving the...
11/09/2019
Those who put their lives on the line to serve their country deserve citizenship. Instead, some are being deported.

More than ever, members of the military who are immigrants face appalling barriers applying for citizenship, leaving them vulnerable to deportation from the country they served.

They did not turn their backs on our country in its time of need; we must not turn our backs on them. #VeteransDay #DeportedVeterans

For more than 200 years, Congress has promised immigrant recruits expedited citizenship in exchange for military service: if you are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for this country, we will honor your sacrifices with citizenship.But since 1996, the United States has betrayed that promise. We...

"I think the fear that a lot of officials have of migrant rights defense work is that it's overflowing with solidarity."...
11/06/2019
Arrested at the Border for Accompanying an Asylum Seeker

"I think the fear that a lot of officials have of migrant rights defense work is that it's overflowing with solidarity."

⁠—Erin Kilbride with Frontline Defenders, in conversation with journalist & activist Ana Adlerstein about the harassment that activists face at the border.

Ana Adlerstein, a volunteer human rights worker at the United States/Mexico border, was suddenly arrested and jailed while accompanying an asylum seeker across the border at the Lukeville Port of Entry in Arizona. It was a bogus, unlawful arrest — Adlerstein was never charged with a crime, and aft...

10/31/2019
Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles

We filed a lawsuit on behalf of families who’ve lost loved ones at the hands of Los Angeles sheriff deputies — they are seeking records relating to these deaths, records they are entitled to under CA’s Right to Know Act #SB1421.

When they went to the Hall of Justice to serve Sheriff Villanueva with the lawsuit, they were denied access to a building open to the public and threatened with arrest for “forced entry.” #CheckTheSheriff

Sheriff Villanueva has refused to comply with the law and produce documents related to the murders of those killed by LA County Sheriffs. On October 30th the families, supported by BLMLA, Centro CSO, the ACLU and others attempted to serve him a lawsuit and were LOCKED OUT of a public building...the Hall of (In)Justice during business hours, then threatened with arrest.
WATCH the whole thing right here!

10/29/2019
The Impact of Current Immigration Policies on Service Members and Veterans, and their Families

Watch #LIVE: our Director of Immigrants' Rights, Jennie Pasquarella, will testify before Congress in support of veterans' & service members' right to U.S. citizenship.

Shockingly, people who honorably serve our country are not guaranteed citizenship rights—some are even deported. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDMUm3j2M8Y

TW: @HouseJudiciary | FB: HouseJudDems | IG: HouseJudDems | M: /HouseJudiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship | The Impact of Current Immigratio...

Instead of keeping us safe, Border Patrol is weaponizing search and interrogation tactics to harass activists and furthe...
10/18/2019
ACLU Sues Border Agencies for Harassment of Journalists, Advocates

Instead of keeping us safe, Border Patrol is weaponizing search and interrogation tactics to harass activists and further the Trump Administration's anti-immigrant agenda.

A lawsuit alleges the Trump administration’s border enforcement agencies illegally and unconstitutionally exploited their border enforcement authorities.

In response to data proving what Black & Latino folks in L.A. already know ⁠— that the police are stopping ⁠them at a di...
10/15/2019
LAPD will drastically cut back on pulling over random vehicles over racial bias concerns

In response to data proving what Black & Latino folks in L.A. already know ⁠— that the police are stopping ⁠them at a disproportionate rate — LAPD Chief Michael Moore announced that the Metro division will decrease vehicle stops.

We're glad Chief Moore is paying attention, but LAPD needs to take concrete steps, like disciplinary action for officers who engage in racial profiling, to end pretextual traffic stops and the way they are used to uphold racist policing.

More information on PUSH LA's list of demands: https://pushla.org/

After a Times investigation raises racial bias concerns, the LAPD will drastically cut back on its practice of stopping vehicles at random.

10/08/2019
Aimee Stephens at the Supreme Court: Explained

In case you haven't heard: The ACLU was at the Supreme Court today. It'll go down as one of the most important days in LGBTQ legal history. Our attorney Chase Strangio explains.

A big win for police transparency & accountability!As part of our settlement with LAPD, the city of Los Angeles created ...
10/01/2019
Records RequestsNextRequest - Modern FOIA & Public Records Request Software

A big win for police transparency & accountability!

As part of our settlement with LAPD, the city of Los Angeles created an online portal where you can file & track public records requests.

#LAPD has also agreed to:

- Respond to record requests within 10 days (24 for unusual circumstances)
- Maintain & make available data on vehicle and pedestrian stops, jail bookings (including the age and race of people who are booked), and uses of force
- Preserve existing & future documents, including use-of-force investigation records and officer-involved shooting files #SB1421 #AB392

This records request portal is being used by the Los Angeles City Clerk, Police Department, Fire Department, Controller, City Administrative Officer, General Services, Information Technology Agency (ITA), Public Works (Street Lighting, Sanitation, and Engineering), Transportation, Council District 4...

#BREAKING: ICE is no longer allowed to issue detainers, or "immigration holds," based solely on their faulty database. T...
09/28/2019
Federal judge's ruling upends how ICE targets people for being in the country illegally

#BREAKING: ICE is no longer allowed to issue detainers, or "immigration holds," based solely on their faulty database.

This order will have far-reaching implications: An ICE facility in Orange County issued 45,000 detainers in 43 states + Guam & D.C. last year alone relying on this database.

ICE blocked from relying solely on databases to target people for being in the country illegally

Incredible student-led victory in Pomona where youth activists led the reallocation of millions in school funding:✅$2 mi...
09/12/2019

Incredible student-led victory in Pomona where youth activists led the reallocation of millions in school funding:

✅$2 million back to high-need students instead of funding law enforcement on campus

Plus, another $5.4 million toward:
✅ new counselor positions
✅ foster youth supports
✅ early childhood education
✅ arts & music programs
✅ English Learner resources
+ more!

#SchoolsNotPrisons

VICTORY!!
Youth organizers pushed for the redistribution of over $5million dollars! The PUSD Board trustees voted unanimously to approve the LCAP and divest S & C funds from cops and security guards.
#gente
#pomona
#schoolsnotprisons
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¡¡VICTORIA!!
¡Los organizadores juveniles presionaron por la redistribución de más de $ 5 millones de dólares! Los miembros de la mesa directiva de PUSD votaron por unanimidad para aprobar el LCAP y despojar fondos especiales de S y C de policías y guardias.

We're on our way to restoring voting rights for nearly 50,000 Californians. #FreeTheVote #ACA6
09/05/2019
Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 6 Passes CA Assembly

We're on our way to restoring voting rights for nearly 50,000 Californians. #FreeTheVote #ACA6

Sacramento, CA — Today the California State Assembly passed Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 6, which would restore voting rights to nearly 50,000 Californians on parole. ACA 6, authored by Asm. Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento), passed with a 54-16 vote. ACA 6 will next go through the Californi...

High schoolers: take your student activism to the next level!Apply to part of our CA Advocacy Institute, October 11-14. ...
08/29/2019
California Advocacy Institute

High schoolers: take your student activism to the next level!

Apply to part of our CA Advocacy Institute, October 11-14. Financial aid is available.

Friday, October 11 – Monday, October 14,Los Angeles, CA Are you a high school-aged student in California? Looking for ways to activate and engage your community? Apply today to join the California Advocacy Institute, a four-day social justice and civil liberties training for high school organizers...

California just made history!Governor Gavin Newsom signed #AB392 to update California's use of force standard and save l...
08/19/2019
California is About to Enact One of the Strongest Laws to Prevent Police Shootings

California just made history!

Governor Gavin Newsom signed #AB392 to update California's use of force standard and save lives.

Our state will go from having one of the most lax use of force laws in the country, to one of the strongest. #LetUsLive

California families impacted by police violence, advocates, and allies just made history. Today, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 392, the California Act to Save Lives, a bill to address police shootings — one of the most pressing forms of police violence afflicting Black and brown communities in t...

7 years ago, it seemed inevitable that L.A. County would spend billions on a ‘mental health jail’ based on the false pro...
08/16/2019
LA County Scraps Mental Health Jail After Protests Led By Reform LA Jails

7 years ago, it seemed inevitable that L.A. County would spend billions on a ‘mental health jail’ based on the false promise of humane treatment. We fought anyway.‪

Through the incredible efforts of community members, we were able to put care first and #CancelMcCarthyContract‬.

The $2.2 billion project was slated to replace the Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.

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WHEN, not if #putinsGOP begins stealing my Social Security, the money I worked for and entrusted the USA to invest wisely for me, I would like the ACLU to file a class-action suit on my behalf and on the behalf of every other American that will suffer a loss regardless of their race, color, creed, sexual preference, or political affiliation because of this scheme. I am asking for a full refund of my part of the money that had been taken from my paycheck for over 50 years due to a breach of my trust in the government. I don't really care if I get the portion my employers kicked in even though that too is rightfully mine. I think this would be the largest class-action suit in the history of the USA. I live in SoCAL and I would be more than happy to contribute whatever money I can spare to help in this cause. If you feel the same way, show the ACLU you would like to see this happen by reacting to this post.
Check out the updates on this petition for a more detailed story> discrimination against the disabled participants at Dos Pueblos Little League in Goleta, California
PROTEST 5:30 TODAY, Jan. 31. L.A. City Hall!
https://photos.app.goo.gl/gCp2ideQBL8KGcSM7 Dec 14 on ventura and Tampa me and my daughter was refused the bathroom was told the police will be called if we dont leave we was told it was not a public building the manager followed uxs outside and took pics and video i have video as well
Start passing laws that help protect everybody (police, fire, working citizens) from the dangers you created by letting the homeless have the "right" to live freely and lawless in the streets.
Thank you so much we're taking the time to read my son story. On July 11th 2019 my son was going grocery shopping. When he was approached by three bikers and was beaten and defended himself and unfortunately killed one of them. The night of the incident the sheriff of Twin Peaks that watch the video determined it was self-defense and let him go then after a month went by the two remaining bikers went down the hill and spoke to the detective Ogaz, and lie through their teeth after 21 days being able to collaborate their story of Pure Lies. Unfortunately the detective believed these ex-felons who one of them has over twenty two cases against him two felonies and two open Assault cases pending. They arrested my son and he's been locked up for 5 months. I do not have money so I have a public defender. I would not be contacting anyone if we had the full video to prove my son's innocence. But not once but three times they gave us a set of cut up videos with the most crucial part missing the part that would exonerate my son the part of the beating. This is why I contacted Brendan Sullivan and he referred me to Matthew Umhoefer who used to be a federal prosecutor and has a Los Angeles office. They are overseeing the case because I sent them all the proof and they told me not to take the plea bargain because my son is innocent and what they did is called prosecutorial misconduct tampering with evidence. We do not know who cut up the film. public defender saying he can't use this because he cannot prove who cut up the film. I say doesn't matter who cut up the film it's unacceptable for the prosecutor to try to prosecute my son with evidence has been tampered with and two witnesses that are non credible. my son is on disabilities 27 years old he has a plate in his head and has been diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety disorder also memory loss. I believe his constitutional rights are being broken because of the tampering with the video and taking out parts that would exonerate him. my name is Patty Poulsen and my son's name is Alex Opmanis. We live in Lake Arrowhead and this happened in Crestline California San Bernardino County he is in the Glen Helen jail. They have them in protective area because of all the ongoing threats from these bikers that they're going to kill him inside the jail. I have all the evidence in hand of both sets of videos that are all cut up. I have all the testimonies and pretty much everything the prosecution have.. My phone number is a home phone number 909-485-1149. This is the worst case I've ever seen of Injustice this is not my America and because of my son's case I'm learning this happens more than it should. His next court date is next week on the 16th in San Bernardino Courthouse I was hoping to get somebody there to film so that the prosecution knows they're being watched before it's too late like Ryan Ferguson I don't want to wait 10 years, my son does not deserve this. Thank you so much for your interest I hope you can help me to save my son's life he's a gentle giant a very good-looking gentle giant and I miss him so much I know God is good and he will send the people that I need in my life to save him. Thank you so much for your time I hope to hear from you soon. And please let me know that you received this email thank you again
This is happening in Kern County, DA Cynthia Zimmer has been investigated for prosecuting people in retaliation for supporting her political opponents. I was charged with obscure ‘eavesdropping’ PC 632. My attorney was prohibited by court during my trial to cite PC 69 and PC 148 which specifically deals with recording the police and explicitly affirms the right of all Californians to record the police “in any public place or a place I have a right to be in” without there consent or knowledge. During the trial the police admitted to using Facebook to spy on its critics in both the city of Tehachapi and in neighboring towns. The people in my city are afraid speak up and stopped attending city council meetings because of a heavy police presence and fear of retribution.
One of our most longstanding and effective defenses against the ongoing and increasing attacks on what’s left of our Constitutional freedoms and basic human decency by the idiots and sociopaths still endemic in all levels of American government today.
Federal Court Rules Cops Can Taser, Choke You Because Trouble Understanding Them is 'Resistance'
WHEN YOU KEEP COMPLAINING ABOUT THE NUMBERS OF BLACKS STOPPED BY THE POLICE, I MAKES ME WONDER IF YOU EVER WATCH THE NEWS AND SEE VIDEOS OF WHO COMMITTS THE MOST CRIMES.
I say what I think needs to happen I think the California governor needs to ban the federal government before the sun goes down today because the federal government it's not only unconstitutional they're supposed to have the least power and they have the most the people today don't know or understand the Constitution for instance Kansas City Missouri the state of Missouri has a law that states if any federal government comes into that state and tries to take anyone's guns or make a law did that agent will be arrested and fully prosecuted I think that the people and Missouri know and understand the Constitution very well why don't we the people here in California know that so I say that our governor of California just like all the other Governors and all the other states except for Missouri need to get the balls tube and the federal government and if he cannot do it he needs to be removed from office because he's not only taking his wages under false pretense violating each and every person's constitutional rights in California then me I I'm ready to run for governor of California because I will ban the federal government that's been screwing the people for how long now
It’s ironic that the party that supports a proven serial adulterer, documented chronic liar, multiple divorcee, bully who has mocked a disabled person, a 16 year old girl, brags about being entitled to be able to grab women by the pussy, makes fun of women he considers ugly, calls a highly respected POW a coward, encages kids separating them from their parents, is found guilty and fined $2 million for stealing from his charitable Foundation, disrespects a Gold Star Family while avoiding the draft himself is considered by some to be a role model is a travesty. Their hypocrisy is why so many young people are turned off by the Church.